Have you had a car whiplash injury?
A common injury that can occur to your neck is whiplash, it happens when the body receives a sudden force that causes fast backward and forward movement in the neck and head. It happens most in motor vehicle accidents and the first use of the term “whiplash” was reportedly used first in 1928.
Before 1928, there was a medical condition called “railway spine” that described similar injuries to the neck but as its name shows, it referred to injuries that arose from train accidents. An important distinction to be made is that “whiplash associated disorders” is a term used to describe a severe chronic condition and a “whiplash injury” is an injury that has damaged the soft tissues and bone structures of the head and neck.
While experiencing whiplash won’t threaten your life, it can result in a long period where you are partially disabled and it can leave you with expensive costs. It is estimated that in the US there is 30 billion dollars of lost revenue from whiplash due to the costs of sick leave, litigation, medical costs and loss in productivity. Fortunately, most minor whiplash injuries can be healed quickly and don’t have any long term issues. However, if a whiplash injury is sever then it can leave the victim with years of whiplash symptoms.
There are some who have tried to take advantage of the fact that the symptoms of whiplash are very varied and attempt to sue for damages in car accidents when there injuries may be very minor. A diagnosis from a reputable medical practitioner may be able to resolve these type of issues but potential whiplash injuries should be taken seriously in case there is significant damage.
The most common cause of whiplash injuries occur when a car is struck from behind and transfers its momentum to the vehicle that it has collided with at a high force. The force is transferred to the passengers and driver of the vehicle that has been hit and this causes the whiplash injury.